A 1.3-mile stretch of old Route 66 near Springfield, Ill., that is on the National Register of Historic Places is being carefully repaired this week by county road crews, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register.
The 1920s section, called Olde Carriage Way, is south of East Lake Shore Drive south of Lake Springfield. Much of its original Portland cement structure is still there.
You can see the road on Google Maps Street View:
According to the newspaper:
The section of Old Route 66 has its share of cracks and potholes, but “all in all, the road is in pretty decent shape for the age that it is,” Sangamon County Engineer Tim Zahrn said.
Because of the road’s historical significance, the county highway department tries to maintain its structural integrity while preserving as much of the original surface as possible, Zahrn said.
“It’s a balancing act,” he said.
Instead of resurfacing the road or patching holes and cracks with asphalt, the county uses concrete.
The crew also improved drainage, which will keep water off the road and lengthen its life span. Next year, the county will widen the shoulder, but nothing that will affect the integrity of the road surface.
Illinois Route 66 preservationist John Weiss helped get the road section on the National Register in 2009.
According to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the stretch of road is one of five sections of Route 66 in the state on the National Register.